24 Food and Nutrition Facts

In honor of my 24th birthday today I have decided to provide you with 24 random food and nutrition facts. Enjoy – and let me know which is your favorite!

  1. The more coffee you drink the healthier you may be.  Read the story here.
  2. Optimal storage for fresh fruits and vegetables is 40-45 degrees Farenheit.
  3. The lowest calorie dinner entree on Olive Garden’s Menu is the Venetian Apricot Chicken for 400 calories. The most calorically dense is the Tour of Italy which contains a whopping 1,450 calories!
  4. Alcohol contains 7 calories per gram. Carbohydrates and protein contain 4 calories per gram. Fat contains 9 calories per gram.
  5. The chocolate chip cookie was invented in my home state of Massachussets. Don’t believe me? Click here.
  6. Colorado has over 115 breweries and produces more beer per capita than any other state.
  7. Not exactly a fact, but a hilarious list of 10 foods that only America could have invented!
  8. Consumption of cruciferous vegetables (i.e. – kale, broccoli, arugala, cabbage, turnips, and cauliflower) can help reduce your risk of various cancers and cardiovascular disease.
  9. More oatmeal is sold in January than any other month.
  10. Rice Krispies Cereal makes the “snap, crackle, and pop” sounds because the pressure exerted causes the wall of the “kernal” to shatter when milk is poured over them. Details here.
  11. Capsaicin, a natural component of chili peppers, can increase metabolism.
  12. The largest pumpkin pie ever baked was 20 feet in diameter and weighed in at 3,699 lbs. See the story and ingredient list here.
  13. Quinoa belongs to the same family as beets, chard, and spinach. However, we eat its seeds, not its leaves. Unlike other grains, quinoa is a complete protein source (which means it contains a balanced amount of amino acids required by humans).
  14. The most popular pizza topping in Costa Rica is coconut, and in Pakistan, curry is favorite topping. See other countries top pizza add ons here.
  15. A recent survey conducted indicates that only about one-third of American teenagers and adults regularly eat breakfast.
  16. The sex of eating companions does not seem to effect the amount of calories men eat, but women tend to consume less calories when eating with men then they do when eating with other women (Abstract here).
  17. The First Whole Foods Market opened in 1980 in Austin, TX. At that time there were less than half a dozen natural food stores in the United States.
  18. March 1st is National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day. (I was unaware of this fact until doing research for this post, but I will be sure to celebrate this day from now on!)
  19. The colors red, orange, violet, and green have been shown to stimulate appetite. Article on this and other ways food packaging and advertising may sway us to purchase certain foods, here.
  20. The Popsicle was invented on accident by an 11 year old kid. More info, here.
  21. A Baker’s Dozen is 13 instead of 12 because in the 13th Century bakers could be severely punished (i.e. – have a hand cut off) if they shorted a customer. Therefore, in order to not risk such discipline bakers started giving more than the customer paid for!
  22. Until the late 1800’s the tomato was classified as a fruit in order to avoid taxation. However, in 1893 the Supreme Court ruled that the tomato must be legally defined as a vegetable!
  23. Steaming broccoli for a few minutes is the best way to retain it’s nutrients.
  24. There are over 11.5 million possible creation combinations at Cold Stone Creamery. See more fun ice cream facts here.

I hope you found some new and entertaining facts on this list. Comment away about your favorites!


9 thoughts on “24 Food and Nutrition Facts

  1. Sean says:

    Going along the lines of CO brewing, Vermont has the most breweries per capita. There is one brewery for every 30,000 people in the state.

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